Authorities: Woman hit police officers with car
by Lindsay Field
June 01, 2013 12:10 AM | 8350 views | 6 6 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Investigators gather outside the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on Friday after authorities say a woman struck two Cobb Sheriff deputies with her car.
Investigators gather outside the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on Friday after authorities say a woman struck two Cobb Sheriff deputies with her car.
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Candida Rychell Summerlin
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MARIETTA — Two Cobb County Sheriff’s Office deputies were hospitalized Friday after authorities say a Marietta woman hit them with her car in the parking lot of the jail.

Col. Milton Beck said Lt. Becky Westenberger was trying to talk to 32-year-old Candida Rychell Summerlin in the parking lot when she “aggressively” began leaving the parking lot and intentionally hit the deputy with her car.

“There was a complaint of loud music in the parking lot and it was disrupting business in the visitation center,” Beck said. “This deputy went to talk to her about turning it down.”

Beck said after Westenberger was hit, Sgt. Shane Kite attempted to speak to Summerlin and stop her, but he was also hit by her car.

Beck said both deputies were taken by ambulance to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta and Summerlin was placed in custody.

Westenberger was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, including cuts and a possible broken leg. Kite was treated for cuts and bruises.

Beck did not know when the two veteran officers would be released from the hospital.

“Our thoughts are with them and their families,” he said.

Beck is not sure why Summerlin was at the jail but said she will be charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.

This was not Summerlin’s first visit to the local jail recently.

Summerlin was arrested May 25 at her home in Marietta on charges of misdemeanor simple battery and obstruction of an officer.

She was released two days later on a $5,000 bond, jail records show.

According to the warrant, Summerlin was accused of pushing a pregnant woman down on the ground at a home in the 2100 block of Sandell Trail in Marietta.

She was charged with obstruction while trying to break away and run from a Cobb County police officer when he tried to handcuff her and put her into his patrol car.
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dustoff
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June 01, 2013
Pull her bond and lock her sorry butt up.
Retired Cobb SO
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June 01, 2013
I had my own dealings with Ms. Summerlin while working with the SO. She has an explosive personality and serious mental issues. She has been in and out of the county jail for years, no mental health facility would commit her. It was always just give her a few pills and send her on her way. Who ever keeps posting her bond did no one any favors. Unfortunately for Lt. Westenberger and Sgt. Kite they are now paying a high price for irresponsible people and a broken health care system. I wish them a speedy recovery and am thankful they were not killed by this woman. And to Gov. Deal; please do something about Georgia's sorry mental health system!
example
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June 01, 2013
This woman is an example of how "misdemeanors" can escalate, and the perpetrator gradually commits more and more violent crimes. Would someone please lock her up before she kills someone? This is where this is headed!
Wrong Name
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June 01, 2013
Who would name their child after a fungus?
Bigwilliesmyrna
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May 31, 2013
Another reason the Chief Magistrate should stop lowering criminals bonds allowing them to commit more crimes
Nowhere man
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May 31, 2013
Danged Neil Diamond fans are nuts.
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